Our Story

From little acorns…

When Chris Vincent purchased a small timber yard in Ponsonby in 1988, he couldn’t have foreseen what it would become today – for one thing he was too busy! He would start at 6am and delivering the day’s orders on his Bedford truck, returning before 9am to open the yard. Having worked as a builder for a number of years, he knew enough to get by. Despite the steep learning curve, his passion for timber and working with customers to find the right solution saw him right and the business began to grow.

One of the first additions to the South Pacific Timber family was literally family. Chris’ brother Andrew Vincent began working holidays and weekends while studying for his degree. The degree was never put to professional use though, as Andrew joined the company immediately after leaving university, and still works there today.

Mighty oaks grow.

From a one-man band in the late eighties, South Pacific Timber has grown to become a 50-staff orchestra, and NZ’s largest supplier of machined specialty timber products.

One of the keys to our longevity is our adaptability. We’re always growing to meet the ever-changing needs of the industry. One of our aims – and something we’re renowned for – is ensuring we have the right range of products on site and on time. We’re committed to offering you the best timber from the best sources for the best solution. And while we don’t compromise on quality, we will compromise on price to ensure you get the right product for your project.

We are big enough to be the go-to supplier for major merchants and builders, but small enough that you’ll still see our Directors working in the yard. And, as an independent family business, we’re still able to do you a great deal on some great timber.

Keeping things green

Our commitment to our environment extends beyond our responsible sourcing of sustainable timber, to our company values.

We have a fleet of electric vehicles, and a staff cycling scheme whereby if members of the team make a commitment to cycle to work, we’ll buy them a bike!